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10 June 2005

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  • Manderlay disappoints on debut launch

    Lars Von Trier's Manderlay launched on its hometurf over the weekend, registering a disappointing 3,686 admissions in Danishcinemas. It was the first territory to launch the Cannes competition film.The sequel to Dogville was released on 26screens, which is considered a broad release in Denmark. By comparison, SinCity launched on 32 screens over the same weekend, attracting 23,769admissions.Back in 2003, Dogville pulled in a total of109,116 Danes into
  • Alice

    Dir/scr:Marco Martins. Port-Fr. 2005. 103mins.Anatmospheric, yearning study of loss by first-time Portuguese director MarcoMartins, Alice was one of the strongest films in this year's Quinzainesidebar at Cannes. Sombre and dark in theme and look, this unflinching look ata father's search for his missing three-year-old daughter is not aSaturday-night-at-the-multiplex experience, but should attract arthousedistributors willing to take a gamble on the
  • Alquimia set 4 Dances with Ripoll

    Spain's Alquimia Cinema is preparing a new English-languagefeature from Tortilla Soup director Maria Ripoll called 4 Dances.The tale revolves around the magical imaginings of anautistic teenager and her relationships with her dancer brother and the youngman he hires to care for her. Casting is underway in Spain and the UK for a2006 shoot from a script by hot local writer Albert Espinosa (The 4thFloor) based on his play.It will mark Ripoll's third English-language f
  • Art Port, Casablanca buy One Love from Sola Media

    Art Port hasacquired Japanese rights and Casablanca Films has acquired Brazilian rights to OneLove, a Jamaicanromantic comedy starring Bob Marley's son Ky-mani Marley, from Germany's SolaMedia and Atrix Films which are together handling the film.The film, whosesoundtrack is produced by VP Music Group, is set for a UK release on July 15through Blue Dolphin. Newmarket has North American rights.In One Love, Marley plays a young rasta who falls inlove with a beautiful
  • Artistic License takes US rights to Bamford's Cape

    Artistic LicenseFilms has picked up US rights to Mark Bamford's festival favourite Cape Of GoodHope and plans astaggered roll-out beginning in September in New York and Los Angeles. The US-SouthAfrican co-production, which premiered at Tribeca 2004, intertwines threestories of love centering on a South African animal shelter. Debbie Brown,Eriq Ebouaney, Nthati Moshesh, David Isaacs and Quanita Adams star and Bamfordproduced with Genevieve Hofmeyr of Moonlighting Films. Wo
  • Basner confirmed as Weinsteins' international president

    One day after his abruptdeparture from Focus Features [Screendaily, June 7], Glen Basner has been namedpresident of international at The Weinstein Company.Basner, who worked for DavidLinde for a decade at Good Machine International and Focus Features, startswork immediately for the Weinsteins at Miramax and The Weinstein Company. Hewill begin working full-time at The Weinstein Company on Oct 1 once thebrothers' contract with Disney ends.Based in New York, Basnerwill report direc
  • Batman Begins

    Dir:Christopher Nolan. US. 2005. 140 mins.
  • Bittersweet Life (Dal Kom Han In-Saeng)

    Dir/scr:Kim Jee-woon South Korea. 2005. 115mins.An ultra-violent actionnoir by Korean director Kim Jee-woon, A Bittersweet Life is a stylishstory of a faithful underworld lieutentant who crosses his boss and ends upfighting for his life against his own gang. As in his previous genre outing,the dark psycho-horror yarn A Tale Of Two Sisters, Kim shows that he isa master of atmosphere. But he also has the talent to take a genre and unpickit alon
  • Bracewell wraps up London-set Gigolos

    Director Richard Bracewell'sfeature debut film The Gigolos has just finished editing.The Gigolos was shot in London in 2004 and is about two maleescorts (Sacha Tarter and Trevor Sather) who are searching for love andfriendship. "We follow the loves, lives and laughs of two gigolos as they dateprofessional women over 50 in the hotel lobbies and speakeasies of London'sWest End. It's Sideways with gigolos," said director Richard Bracewell.Despite The Gigolos
  • Cameras roll in Uganda on Last King Of Scotland

    Principal photography starts in Uganda tomorrow (June 11) on The Last King OfScotland starring Forest Whitaker as Ugandandictator Idi Amin. The project was developed by FilmFour, is financed by bothFilmFour and DNA, and will be distributed by Fox Searchlight Pictures andTwentieth Century Fox International.James McAvoy will appear opposite Whitaker as a Scottishdoctor who unwittingly becomes Amin's closest advisor. Based on GilesFoden's novel of the same name and ad
  • Chinese director Ning comes into Lau's Focus

    China's Ning Hao has been selected as the sixth director toparticipate in the regional film project, Focus: First Cuts, which was launchedin March by Hong Kong star Andy Lau's Focus Films and Star Chinese Movies. Focusalso announced that it will co-produce Ning's as-yet-untitled film withBeijing-based Concord Creation International. The film, which is set to startshooting in August, r
  • Copenhagen festival to focus on European film

    TheCopenhagen International Film Festival (Aug 18-28) is to concentrateexclusively on screening European films. Thefestival's new programme chief Jacob Neiiendam plans to raise the percentage ofEuropean films playing at the event from 70% to 100%."Weare narrowing the concept geographically but at the same time expect to spreadour wings genre wise. Often European genre films are squeezed ontovideo-release with only a few existing European cinema slots reserved for artfilms," said
  • Cruise to receive BAFTA/LA's Britannia Award

    The seemingly ubiquitous TomCruise is to be honoured with BAFTA/LA's Stanley Kubrick Britannia Award inNovember.Cruise will receive theorganisation's highest honour at the 14th Annual Britannia Awards on Nov 10 atThe Beverly Hilton Hotel.He joins an illustrious listof recipients that includes Tom Hanks, Dustin Hoffman, Martin Scorsese, MichaelCaine and the late Peter Ustinov."For more than 20 years hehas been that rarest of them all: an unparalleled movie star who has att
  • Death triumphs at Transylvania festival

    Cristi Puiu's The Death of Mr Lazarescu won most of the prizes at Romania's leadingfilm event, the Transylvania International Film Festival (TIFF), held in Cluj(May 27-June 5).Last month, the Romanian director's film won the bestfilm prize in Cannes' Un Certain Regard section.The Death of Mr Lazarescu portrays the journey of an ailing old man into the hellish depths ofBucharest's hospitals during the course of one night. It played in front ofpacked houses, and desp
  • Diller ends Vivendi feud with $3.4bn deal

    Barry Diller'sIAC/InterActive Corp. has agreed to sell its stake in Vivendi UniversalEntertainment (VUE) for $3.4 billion. The deal will see Diller handover his 5.4% stake in VUE to NBC Universal -a stake which has long been a bone of contention between Vivendi and Diller andwhich had threatened to derail Vivendi's sale of Universal Entertainment
  • Emilia Fox stars in Ellis' Cashback

    The Pianiststar Emilia Fox has taken a lead role in director Sean Ellis' Cashback which is currently shooting inLondon.Fox stars as a supermarketclerk who becomes the love interest of main character Ben, played by SeanBiggerstaff (Harry Potter And The ChamberOf Secrets). Billed as a quirky comedy,the film is about an insomniac art stude
  • EU approves Euros 18m Northern Ireland film and TV fund

    European regulators on Wednesday approved Euros 17.7m inU.K. state aid for the promotion of Irish language TV and film. The Northern Irish Language Broadcast Fund will receivethe funds over four years, ending in 2009. European Union law allows governments to back culturalprojects. 'I am happy to approve state aid which promotescultural and regional identity,' said E.U. Competition Commissioner NeelieKroes. Aid beneficiaries must be independent,
  • Event Horizon (L'Orizzonte Degli Eventi)

    Dir:Daniele Vicari. Italy. 2005. 114mins.It's a nice idea for a film: take Italy's highest mountainoutside the Alps - the Gran Sasso - and come up with a storyline that links thehi-tech world below the mountain (which hosts the Gran Sasso National Laboratory,the world's largest underground laboratory for research into particle physics)with the primitive shepherding community above.Butalthough Daniele Vicari's second outing - after his 2001 illegal car
  • Glen Basner leaves Focus Features

    Glen Basner has left hisposition as executive vice president of international sales and distribution atFocus Features. He has stepped down immediately from the company, although itis unclear as yet where he will land.Basner, one of themost accomplished sales executives in the business, had worked ininternational sales under David Linde at Focus and its previous incarnationGood Machine International for many years.Focus was making no comment,although Linde, co-president of Focus,
  • Habana Blues

    Dir:Benito Zambrano. Sp-Cuba-Fr. 2005. 110mins.Spanish director Benito Zambrano scored a surprise hit athome in 1999 with his first film, the intense mother-and-daughter drama Solas.Habana Blues is a very different product - a feelgood slice of raw Havanaenergy which uses its conventional but solid plot as a frame on which to hangalmost two hours of contemporary Cuban music. This is the MTV-generationequivalent of Buena Vista Social Club,
  • Hadida acquires remake rights to Korean horror hit

    French producer Samuel Hadida (Brotherhood Of TheWolf) has picked upEnglish-language remake rights to Korean horror film Bunshinsaba (2004) by Ahn Byeong-gi. The film, about an ostracised high school student whoinadvertently places a curse on her classmates, will be produced through DavisFilms under the English title The Spell.
  • Hungarian distributors unveil Cannes acquisitions

    Two of Hungary'spremiere arthouse distributors acquired high profile titles at this year'sCannes Film Festival.Best Hollywoodbought rights to Wim Wenders' Don't Come Knocking and to Jim Jarmusch's BrokenFlowers. Both films are to hit the Hungarian cinemas this autumn.Meanwhile, BudapestFilm has acquired a long list of titles including Michael Haneke's Hiddenand Lars von Trier's Manderlay. Both titles will be released in early2006. Budapest also
  • Hungary's IMA launches Polarlight sales arm

    Hungarian distribution and production companyInternational Media Agency Entertainment (IMA) has launched a new sales arm,Polarlight. IMA Budapest will continue the distribution ofdocumentary and television titles, while Polarlight will handle the company'sco-production activitites as well as the sales of feature films. Polarlight's current slate includes Hungarian titles suchas Karlovy Vary award-winner Rose's Songs and The Bridgeman aswell as f
  • Hustle, Flowers join LAFF slate

    Los Angeles FilmFestival organisers have added Craig Brewer's rap drama and Sundance hit Hustle& Flow to theline-up and will screen the picture on Jun 17.Other additionsinclude two Cannes-flavoured events. Jim Jarmusch's Grand Prix winner BrokenFlowers will screen onJun 25, and Shane Black will discuss his noir romp and Croisette favourite KissKiss Bang Bang withexcerpts on Jun 24.Alexandra Shiva's performing arts camp documentary StageDoor will scree
  • IFC Films takes Manderlay, Bier's next film for US

    IFC Films has picked up USrights to Lars von Trier's Cannes competition entry Manderlay and Susanne Bier's After The Wedding, which is currently shooting in India and Denmark.Negotiations for both titlesfrom the Danish duo were concluded with Trust Film Sales at Cannes and IFC hasscheduled 2005 releases.Manderlay, which had a lacklustre opening in Denmark over theweekend, is the second instalment in the director's controversial USA Land OfOpportunities
  • IMAX enters Turkey in deal with AFM Cinemas

    IMAX Corporationand leading Turkish exhibitor AFM Cinemas have struck a deal to open the firstIMAX theatre in Istanbul. An IMAX MPXtheatre system will be retrofitted at the eight-screen AFM Maltepe multiplexlater this month and is expected to open in early July. The launch ispart of a previously announced deal with Kultur Ve Gosteri MerkezleriIsletmecilik Ve Ticaret, an exhibitor that will join with AFM Cinemas pendingfinal government approval. "AFM Cinemas hasbeen at the
  • Indian industry speaks out against film smoking ban

    Senior figures in the Indian film industry havespoken out against the government's plan to ban smoking scenes in films.Lastweek, the Indian government announced it would ban all scenes showing smokingor cigarette packs in films and TV programmes. The new law will apply to bothIndian films and to foreign films released in India. (,June 1).Indian Censor Board chief Sharmila Tagore said thefilm industry or the Central Board for Film Certification (CBFC) should
  • Invisible (Les Invisibles)

    Dir: Thierry Jousse.France 2005. 85mins.Sound, vision and obsession mix to stylish, provocativeeffect in Invisible, the debut film from former Cahiers Du Cinema editorThierry Jousse. The latest in a long line of that magazine's critics to turn todirecting, stretching from the nouvelle vague generation to the likes ofOlivier Assayas and Pascal Bonitzer, Jousse brings an intelligent and informedcritical vision to a story about the way that sensory impres
  • Italian box office posts huge slump in May

    Italy's box office has slumped a massive 35% in May, compared tothe same month last year.Thedrop comes as Kingdom of Heaven and Star WarsEpisode 3: Revengeof the Sith, which have respectively grossed $8,664,419 and $8,419,105 todate, failed to match the success of last year's Troy and The DayAfter Tomorrow, which were also released in May. BVI's Sin City is currently topping the charts, followed byStar Wars: Episode 3 and G
  • Koch Vision picks up Margaret Cho's Assassin

    Koch Vision has picked upNorth American home entertainment rights to Margaret Cho's one-woman show Assassin...aka...StateOf EmergencyKoch plans a Novemberrelease on the title, which will coincide with the publication of her novel "IHave Chosen To Stay And Fight" and follows the September broadcast of Assassin on the gay television network Here!Cho's Assassin tour launched in autumn 2004 and took in 40 US citiesin addition to the UK and Australia.Koch'
  • Korean film giants merge international sales divisions

    CJEntertainment and Cinema Service, two of Korea's leading film companies, havestepped up their recent partnership with a merger of their international salesdivisions.The development will see all of the two companies'current and library titles represented by an expanded sales team operatingunder the CJ name. The merger iseffective as of June 1, and the new team will make its market debut at thePusan and AFM markets
  • Korean producers ready string of big budget hopefuls

    Korean audienceshave always had a complicated relationship with big-budget local movies. Some, such asaction film Shiri (1999), military drama Silmido (2003), orKorean War film Tae Guk Ki (2004), have emerged as record-breaking smashhits, with up to a quarter of the population lining up to buy tickets. At other times,however, an anti-blockbuster bias seems to set in, such as a string ofaction/sci-fi films like Yesterday (2002) and Natural City
  • Lin to direct Fast And The Furious 3 for Universal

    Justin Lin, the youngfilm-maker whose debut feature Better Luck Tomorrow was a hit at the Sundance Film Festival in 2002, haslanded the job as director of Universal Pictures' The Fast And The Furious 3 (tentative title).Neal H Moritz, who producedthe first two instalments in the series The Fast And The Furious and 2 Fast 2 Furious, will again produce. Chris Morgan (Cellular) has written the script for the third film whichwill take place in Tokyo in th
  • M:I 3 finally gets start date in July in Italy

    Mission: Impossible 3 will finally start principal photography on July 18in Italy, it was announced yesterday by Paramount Pictures chairman and CEOBrad Grey. The film will be shot on locations across Europe, the US and Asiaand will be released in US theatres on May 5, 2006.Tom Cruise will of coursestar and produce with his partner Paula Wagner through their Cruise/WagnerProductions. JJ Abrams is directing, with the cast so far including seriesregular Ving Rhames, Jonathan Rhys
  • Madagascar dethrones Sith as box office champion

    DreamWorks' animated zoofest Madagascar was the star of the domestic scene atthe weekend, passing $100m in its second weekend as it climbed two places to number one.
  • Madagascar rules the roost at North American box office

    DreamWorks' animated zoofest Madagascar was the star of the domestic scene atthe weekend, passing $100m in its second weekend as it climbed two places to number one.
  • Magnolia buys multiple territories from Miramax to Pulse

    Magnolia Pictures has pickedup all English-speaking territories as well as Mexico, Germany, Italy, Poland,and Spain on Kiyoshi Kurosawa's Japanese horror Pulse.The picture was acquiredfrom Dimension and Miramax, which still maintain an interest in the property asHarvey and Bob Weinstein recently began production on the remake based on ascreenplay by Wes Craven.The story centres on a groupof friends whose friend commits suicide and reappears as a ghostly image incomputer a
  • McDonald and Rutter drafts in Rose to head marketing division

    UK PR agency McDonald & Rutter has appointed Philip Roseto launch a new marketing division at the company. The new division will aim to give marketing support forfilms in production, develop sales materials for films attending film-marketsand handle key aspects of UK distribution marketing campaigns. Rose joins from Fox Searchlight where he managed thedistributor's releases in Europe. He handled the sales, distribution andmarketing of a range of films includi
  • Metrodome snaps up McGuckian's Rag Tale

    UK distributor Metrodome has acquired Mary McGuckian'ssatire Rag Tale which it plans to release in September/ October2005.Rag Tale chronicles a week in the life of atabloid newspaper in contemporary London. Its tyrannical chairman andobsequious editor (who also happens to be sleeping with the chairman's wife)battle for political supremacy, using staff journalists as pawns in the powergames they play out in the pages of the press.Directed by Mary McGuckian,
  • Meyer takes sole control of Lions Gate International, hires Denton

    In a major restructure, Lions Gate International president NicolasMeyer has assumed sole control of the division and created two key executivepositions.
  • Moscow festival unveils competition line-up

    The Moscow International Film Festival (June 17 - 26) hasunveiled its full competition programme, which includes features such as Thomas Vinterberg's Dear Wendy and Greek hit Brides.The festival now has two competition programmes: the MainCompetition section and Perspectives, which showcases directorial debuts andinnovative films.Jury members for the two competitions include directorsClaire Denis and Ulrich Seidl and Russian actresses Viktoria Tolstoganova andElena
  • Mr & Mrs Smith land in UK, Australia, Mexico, Brazil

    Star Wars: Episode III has dominated the international landscape for thepast month but does it have the clout to see off a concerted challenge from Mr& Mrs Smith'Either way Fox Internationalexecutives won't mind - the company handles Episode III and handles some international rights for Mr& Mrs Smith for New Regency,with Summit Entertainment, which originated and produced the film, having soldother key territories.Episode III has charged to a m
  • Mr And Mrs Smith

    Dir:Doug Liman. US. 2005. 120mins.Mr & Mrs Smith is a sleek, audacious mix ofromantic comedy, satire and action thriller boosted by the surging star powerof Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie. And making the most of that 'Brangelina'appeal - the couple's alleged off-screen affair is currently the talk of thetabloids - may be crucial if producer and financier Regency Enterprises is toget the returns it hopes for from what, with a reported budget of more than
  • Negotiator becomes biggest Japanese film of 2005

    Negotiator,theKatsuyuki Motohiro thriller spun offfrom his megahit BaysideShakedown films, passed the 2 millionadmissions mark on June 1, the 26th day after its May 7 release. With a gross of $25.6m (Y2.7bn), Negotiator has become the top-earning Japanese film of theyear.Produced by Fuji TV,thefilmstars comedianYusuke Santa Maria as criminal negotiator Masayoshi Mashita - a minor characterin Bayside Shakedown (1998) and BaysideShakedown 2 (2003
  • New Location Guide aims to improve producers' bottom-line

    The new edition of theinternational film industry handbook The Location Guide launches this week. An essential guide forlocation film-making worldwide, the new edition launches at a time whenproducers are being enticed by numerous financial incentives to shoot theirfilms in increasingly far flung locations.The guide spans over 100countries with new locations surveyed including Uganda, Taiwan, Kuwait,Macedonia, the Dominican Republic and Brunei. The Loc
  • Norton's Illusionist wraps in Prague

    Director Neil Burger and producer Cathy Schulman have wrapped productionon The Illusionist after 46 days ofshooting in various locations in the Czech Republic.Burger (Interview With The Assassin) wrote the screenplay based onSteven Millhauser's short story EisenheimThe Illusionist. Shot by Dick Pope (VeraDrake), the film stars Edward Norton, Paul Giamatti
  • Oz's Roadshow, Becker unveil Cannes deals

    RoadshowRoadshow has joined the list of buyers attached to RomanPolanski's unfinished version of the Dickens classic Oliver Twist, oneof a trio of titles Australia's biggest independent theatrical distributor hasacquired from Summit Entertainment.Picked up from script is Tony Gilroy's directorial debut,Michael Clayton, regarded by managing director Joel Pearlman as aparticularly hot title and set to star George Clooney as a fixer in a lawcompany, and the tou
  • Paris Cinema launches festival programme

    Plans for the city's third Paris Cinema festival (June29-July 12) were unveiled today by Paris Mayor Bertrand Delanoe and ConstantinCosta-Gavras, who will be presiding over the event.Thisyear's festival, which was created by city hall after Delanoe becamedissatisfied with the now rival event, the Paris Film Festival, boasts no lessthan 400 films and will include three different competitions. The featurecompetition w
  • Pusan festival unveils expansion plans

    The Pusan InternationalFilm Festival has unveiled a range of special events for its tenth anniversaryedition to be held in October, including an inaugural Asian Film Academy (AFA)modeled after the Berlinale Talent Campus and Sundance's Filmmakers Lab.Festival director KimDong-ho also says that PIFF will double its number of participating theatres
  • Rodgers named director of RiverRun festival

    Andrew Rodgershas been named director of the RiverRun International Film Festival and willoversee all aspects of the event including programming, strategy, budgets,fundraising, and marketing and publicity.Rodgers, afestival veteran who began his career as a staff writer on the Chicago Tribune,will relocate to North Carolina in August in preparation for the 2006 festival.He reports to RiverRun executive director Dale Pollock.He worked as astrategic consultant
  • Sangre

    Dir/scr: Amat Escalante.Mexico-Fr 2005. 90mins.Life's existentialgrimness, Mexican style, is the subject of Sangre, a moody, taut,elliptical but ultimately rather frustrating debut by Amat Escalante. One man'squiet but troubled life caves in on him dramatically - yet somehowundramatically - in a story of finely-observed domestic and character detailthat will fascinate some viewers and utterly alienate others.Spare and teasing, leavingout
  • Searchlight, DNA, BBC Films team on History

    Fox Searchlight Pictures,DNA Films and BBC Films are partnering up on an adaptation of Alan Bennett'sOlivier Award winning coming-of-age play The History Boys.The project is set to beginfilming in the UK in July and will reunite the play's director Nicholas Hytnerwith key cast members including Richard Griffiths, Clive Merrison, Frances dela Tour, and Stephen Campbell Moore.Set in 1980 in the earlydays of the Margaret Thatcher regime, The History Boys charts the fo
  • Sin City explodes onto international chart

    In its first weekin major European territories, BVI's Sin City exploded onto theinternational chart in second place with $11.7m. BVI will be aimingto do similar business to last year's Kill Bill Vol. 2 - and the firstmajor week for Sin City certainly looks good to head in that direction.
  • Singapore's Cathay acquires 40 pictures at Cannes

    Singapore distributor Cathayhas acquired a record 40 titles at this year's Cannes Film Festival, includingDuncan Tucker's road movie Transamerica,Hans Canosa's drama Conversations withOther Women in split screen format and Pen-ek Ratanaruang's film noir Invisible Waves.Cathay has also bought therights to Kim Ki Duk's The Bow
  • Sith continues to lord it over international box office

    Star Wars: Episode III -Revenge Of The Sith remained thedominating international force as it swept past $300m at the weekend.The picture added anestimated $36.5m for a $308.4m international cumulative total through Fox International.Combined with North America, where it reached $300m, the sci-fi saga has soldmore than $600m in tickets worldwide.Third weekend highlightswere $6.1m in France on 938 prints for $42.3m, $5.9m in the UK on 486 for$60.7m, $5m in Germany on 1,184
  • Sogepaq scores Euro sales for 20 Centimetres

    Sogepaq has announced a cache of European sales on RamonSalazar's musical drama 20 Centimetres, building on the North America deal with TLA Releasing announced lastweek.The title was picked up by Lady Film for Italy, We & Cofor France, Paradiso for Benelux, Castello Lopes for Portugal and Provision forEx-Yugoslavia."Cannes was the film's first market andconsidering it will probably play at festivals throughout the year its profileshould only grow," says Sogecable head of
  • South African film incentives in disarray say producers

    SouthAfrican producers have accused the country's Department of Trade and Industry(DTI) of reneging on a pledge of $38m (R250m) to support the South African filmindustry. The country's Independent ProducersOrganisation (IPO) has written to the DTI's acting director general TsidisoMatona complaining that the motion picture rebate scheme "launched with muchfanfare" last year has not materialised. Theincentive scheme, which attracted significant local and international interest,pro
  • Taormina festival to showcase Batman, Costa-Gavras

    Batman Begins and Costa-Gavras' Le Couperet are amongthe titles that will receive their European premiere at the 51stTaormina Film Festival (11-18 June).Guests who will attend the festival and give a cinemalesson include director Bob Rafelson, Andie MacDowell, Italian actresses VirnaLisi and Laura Morante, Malcolm MacDowell and Hugh Hudson.Taormina, directed for the seventh consecutive year by FeliceLaudadio, will also host the premiere of Brad Mirman's Tuscany-set
  • The Adventures Of Sharkboy And Lavagirl In 3D

    Dir. Robert Rodriguez.US. 2005. 94mins.A mildly engaging children's morality tale, RobertRodriguez's The Adventures Of Sharkboy And Lavagirl In 3D is the kind offilm that parents should be happy to let their kids see but which likely provetoo undemanding for anyone beyond its target age group.While the digital specialeffects are inventive and the jokes and story should occupy the younger end ofthe cinemagoing demographic, it's strictly Kidsville
  • The Sisterhood Of The Traveling Pants

    Dir: Ken Kwapis. US.2005. 119mins.Based on a wildly popular young-adult novel about fourteen girlfriends and the pair of magical blue jeans they share over the summer,The Sisterhood Of The Travelling Pants is a coming-of-age dramatailor-made for fans of the books, which with its sequels has sold 3.5m-pluscopies in the US. Appeal should also extend beyond them into older pre-teensand young teens, who have previously been unaware of the source material.
  • Third Man Out to open Philadelphia gay & lesbian fest

    The worldpremiere of Ron Oliver's murder mystery Third Man Out will open the 2005 PhiladelphiaInternational Gay And Lesbian Film Festival, which closes with Craig Lucas'noir thriller The Dying Gaul.Festivalorganisers will present three awards this year. Activist and actor Kathy Najimywill receive the Artistic Achievement Award, actor Peter Paige will receive theGay Icon Award, and filmmaker Craig Chester will collect the ArtisticAchievement Award after
  • Toshiba leads Yellow Dog to Japan

    Toshiba Entertainment hasacquired Japanese rights to The Cave Of The Yellow Dog, the latest film from Story Of The Weeping Camel co-director Byambasuren Davaa. The deal wasconcluded at Cannes with sales agent Telepool.The film, which will haveits world premiere at the upcoming Munich Film Festival later this month, isDavaa's graduation feature from the Munich Film School. It received financialsupport from FFF Bavaria and FFA Berlin.It is scheduled to play atthe San
  • Touching The Void producer drafts in Day

    Leading UK televisionproduction outfit Darlow Smithson Productions (DSP) has appointed Elinor Day,the former deputy head of production at FilmFour, to head up a new feature filmdivision specialising in documentaries and docu-hybrids.Factual specialist DSPenjoyed huge critical and box office success recently with theatricaldocumentary Touching The Void, which won a BAFTA for Best British Filmin 2004.Late last year, DSP wonslate funding of £250,000 a year for three years fr
  • UK box office rides into blockbuster season on a high

    Takings were down significantly in April, but the UKbox office is still riding high going into blockbuster season.Atthe end of May, year-on-year figures remained up 5% with a year to date totalbox office of $578m (£318.2m), according to Nielsen EDI figures.This is noticably down on the 13% gain the territoryboasted at the
  • UK censor's annual report reveals thinking behind ratings

    UK censor the BBFC hasrevealed some of the thinking behind its ratings decisions in its annual reportfor 2004, which is published this month.A movie can be violent andgory, but still escape a high rating, depending on its genre. British comedyhorror Shaun Of The Dead included decapitations, gunshot wounds and theuse of garden implements as weapons, but escaped an 18 certificate. The BBFCsaid that as the film was clearly a pastiche, its violence was weakened.
  • UK Film Council ploughs£3m into audience initiative

    The UK Film Council is toplough £3m of National Lottery money into a new scheme designed to increase therange of cinema-going over the next three years.The UK Audience Development Scheme is intended to stimulate theviewing of specialised films in the UK. The Council is looking for applicants to run an annual £1mcontract over three years to work with cinema operators, film distributors andother partners such as schools and local community groups as well as filmindustry bodies on
  • Zalica's Days And Hours wins Isola prize

    The 2ndInternational Film Festival in Isola, Slovenia, wrapped on May 31 with BosnianPjer Zalica's Days And Hours takingthe main prize. The festival'smain programme included titles such as Yasmine Kassari's Sleeping Child, Saman Salur's FromThe Land Of Silence, Josue Mendez's DaysOf Santiago, Pablo Tr